Here's my "Crap" table. Sam had trouble saying scrap, so for a while he would ask me, "Mom, can we crapbook on your crap table?"
It was our kitchen table until I inherited the table I had growing up. I'm currently reserfacing it with paint chips (sqare Ralph Lauren ones from Home Depot) and Modge Podge. Super easy to do, no cutting (execept around the corners). I had to stop until I got to Home Depot again. I feel bad about taking all the paint chips, so I just grab a few at a time. When it's finished, I hope to have a cute picture of the kids in the middle.
The white drawers hold my scraps, color cordinated. This is where Sam get's his paper when he scrapbooks. On top of that is my index cards, my lamp, and my "Oh Scrap Jar" which is a jar of ideas to bust my scrap-block from time to time.
Beside the drawers are my two 12x12 paper storage things from Oriental Trading. I have all my 12x12 paper in there sorted by color.
On the first shelf is my 8 1/2 x 11 paper storage. I got that from Office Depot. They are sorted by warms, cools, neutrals, and patterned paper.
The next shelf has my "Whatever I want to do" album, my templatates (in a binder), my ideas (in a binder), my magazines, my penholder (designed by my DH and made by my beautiful children for Christmas last year). I also have a smaller drawer thing that has adhesive, little tools, and other random stuff. The flower box holds my foam alpha stamps.
The top shelf has two clear 12x12 (actually bigger) boxes. I got 3 of these from abc distributing. I used them for my current projects. They even fit the album! I have one for my sons' baby books, my daughter's school book, and my DH deployment book (it's on the brown drawer cart). I also have a shoebox that has my ribbon on a spool in it. The cardboard pieces are my large chipboard alphas. I also have my grandfather's Van Gogh Jim Beam bottles as "decoration".
Beside my table, I have my birthday present, which I love! DH got it from abc distributing. It has 8 drawers, but the funny part of it is, it doesn't hold 8 1/2x 11 paper! So, some of the drawers acutally have what it says and some don't. Either way, it gets stuff off my table so Sam and I can work. And I think I'll have to find room for another chair because Ben is starting to want to make stuff too.
My plan is to get some bracket shelving (maybe two shelves on each wall) and get this stuff off the table so we can work. Probably after new years I start that project.
See, you can do a lot with a little space... not to mention it's CLEAN!
Date: Saturday, December 16, 2006 GMT Views: 2949
Registered: August 12, 2005 Location: Michigan Posts: 3834
Sat, Dec 16, 2006 @ 9:51 PM
You are such a sweetie to provide all this information on how you CAN work in a small area and you DON'T need a lot to create your art. And I just bet your kids love doing it with you. Thanks for sharing!!
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Registered: July 29, 2006 Location: Yokota AB, Japan Posts: 137
Tue, Dec 19, 2006 @ 5:40 AM
I got the paint chips from Home Depot- they are Ralph Lauren and already cut into perfect squares (which is good because I can't cut in a straight line, and they seem to be the only ones that require no cutting!)
I'm using Overalls for the border (a blue color), and Starry Night and Mai Tai in the middle. Of course, when it's all done, we can play checkers! HA!
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Registered: October 25, 2010 Location: Switzerland Posts: 351
Mon, Feb 14, 2011 @ 10:19 AM
Thank you so much for sharing your ideas on how to organize a small scrapping area. I have the same situation as you do. I love papercrafting, having my tools and "ingredients" at hand and I do try to keep them to a minimum. You can be so proud! Thanks for sharing!
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